Daily Archives: June 17, 2009

Video Feature: Biosecurity in the Beef Herd

Video Feature:  Biosecurity in the Beef Herd
Dr. Ron Lemenager, Purdue University, cover the best management practices to employ on a beef herd to insure adequate health safety and health security.

Wet Conditions May Increase Profit-Robbing Organisms

Wet Conditions May Increase Profit-Robbing Organisms

Dan Goehl, DVM

Beef Today

The wet conditions this year have led to many issues, but one problem more commonly seen in wet conditions is coccidiosis.

Coccidiosis is a disease affecting the lower intestinal tract of cattle. Coccidiosis is much more prevalent in younger cattle and is life threatening to cattle under a year of age. This tiny one-celled organism causes significant economic loss every year in the cattle industry.

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Bull Management for a Successful Breeding Season

Bull Management for a Successful Breeding Season

Dr. W. Dee Whittier, Extension Veterinarian, Cattle, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, VA Tech

Many bulls have been placed with spring-calving cows in Virginia in the last few days or weeks.  How successful these bulls are in getting cows pregnant will determine to a large extent the profitability of these cow-calf operations.  Beef producers will do well to invest some time to increase the likelihood that bulls perform well and get a high percentage of cows pregnant.

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Livestock Feeds Will Not Be At Bargain Basement Prices This Year.

Livestock Feeds Will Not Be At Bargain Basement Prices This Year.

The Farm Gate

Livestock producers trying to get as close to breaking even as possible have received a setback with the latest analysis on feed grain supplies and prices. Production will be lower because of planting delays that will retard yields, and subsequent prices will be higher because of demand. Additionally, the protein meal market continues to rise because world supplies are down and Chinese demand for US bean meal is up. So profitability in livestock production may not be rooted in feed costs for some time to come.

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National Animal ID Favors Corporate Feedlots over Independent Ranchers

National Animal ID Favors Corporate Feedlots over Independent Ranchers

Cory Heidelberger


An eager reader draws my attention to the National Animal Identification System, a proposal to tag all of America’s livestock to prevent diseases like mad cow. The proposed USDA program has been meeting with nearly unanimous disapproval from ranchers at USDA listening sessions this month.

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EPA Plan to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Ruin Economy

EPA Plan to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Ruin Economy

Marcie Williams

Roll Call

Last year’s rumors that the Environmental Protection Agency was pursuing a tax on methane “emissions” from U.S. livestock generated a strong outcry among many members of our nation’s agricultural community. While concerns over this direct “cow tax” turned out to be premature, the EPA is now pursuing real regulations that could levy damaging consequences on domestic farmers and ranchers.

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Montana says state’s cattle are disease-free

Montana says state’s cattle are disease-free



Montana officials are asking the federal government to declare the state’s cattle free of brucellosis in a bid to end trade restrictions on livestock exports.

Yet because the disease persists in wildlife in and around Yellowstone National Park, state officials say blood tests on up to 200 Montana cattle ranches could continue indefinitely. Most other testing could end in about a year if the U.S. Department of Agriculture accepts the state’s proposal

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The Real Story of Ag

The Real Story of Ag

The Voice of Agriculture

Agriculture is under attack. No it isn’t an attack by insects, droughts or other pests. Those attacks we can fend off on our own, we are used to things out of our control. No, this attack is in the form of a movie called "Food Inc." It is a sensationalized, full-on attack of the farmers and ranchers who utilized modern technology to produce the most wholesome, abundant supply of food in the world. If you a member of the agriculture community I am asking you to share our story with your non-ag friends and associates. Education is the key to stemming this tide mis-informed, anti-ag messages.

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Food Activism, Inc.

Food Activism, Inc.
Steve Cornett
Beef Today
There was a time when the bromide “there oughta be a law” was a joke. It applied to some trivial something that kind of bugged you and so, ha, ha, it should be outlawed. Get it?
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Finding out if barley is right for your needs

Finding out if barley is right for your needs

Carl Stafford

Culpeper Star Exponent

Barley is about ready to be harvested and will be coming to town by the truck load near the end of June, headed for storage and later use as livestock feed. This useful grain is an excellent source of energy for cattle, horses and small ruminants (sheep and goats), and it provides 12 percent protein. Feed manufacturers will tell you they really like using barley because it is affordable and it makes an all-purpose livestock feed.

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AngusSource Cattle Program Excels

AngusSource Cattle Program Excels


The genetic component helps point out higher-quality cattle, says Sara Snider, AngusSource® Director.

Nearly 50 lots of AngusSource-tagged calves were tracked through Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB)-licensed feedyards, says Certified Angus Beef. The analysis showed the programme calves graded and gained better.

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Managing Your Pastures When It Rains

Managing Your Pastures When It Rains

Dr. Mark A. McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

After several years of dry springs and sporadic moisture, many Virginia cattlemen have enjoyed “normal” or better rainfall during the spring months.  As compared to past years, it appears that having enough grass is not a concern.

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Bovine TB Quarantine Expands To 42 Neb. Herds

Bovine TB Quarantine Expands To 42 Neb. Herds



The number of Nebraska cattle herds quarantined because of bovine tuberculosis concerns jumped to 42 Tuesday, and two other states were warned the disease may have already spread there.

The quarantine, which includes roughly 15,000 Nebraska cattle, is likely to continue growing in the weeks ahead, Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach said, because investigators are still tracking down all the animals that may have had contact with the infected herd over the last two years.

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Meat and Poultry Sectors Contribute Billions Annually

Meat and Poultry Sectors Contribute Billions Annually


America’s meat and poultry industry, comprised of packers and processors, wholesalers and retailers, directly and indirectly contributes $832.4 billion dollars annually to the US economy, roughly 5.8 per cent of total GDP, according to a new Economic Impact Study unveiled today by AMI.

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Beef Checkoff Modernization

Beef Checkoff Modernization Act

The Cattle Business Weekly

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) reintroduced of S. 1062, the Beef Checkoff Modernization Act, in the U.S. Senate in May. The measure includes amendments to the Beef Act that:

• Relax restrictions that currently limit the number of industry groups eligible to contract with the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) for beef checkoff funded contracts;

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